Katherine Bridges, Leona Harmon, Elsie Liddell and Theola Murphy (not pictured in order), will be honored for work with the NAACP. Photo by Genie Lemieux Evanston Photographic Studios

The annual Community Service Awards Dinner and Benefit of the Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc. will honor Michael Sutton for his work in the community and Katherine Bridges, Leona Harmon, Elsie Liddell and Theola Murphy for their work with the NAACP.

“This annual event honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to Evanston’s Black Community,” said Adrian Brewington, Chessmen president. Mr. Sutton, who holds a degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University, is the president and chief executive officer of Infrastructure Engineering, Inc. He has a strong history of philanthropic endeavors. He is a supporter of the Evanston Township High School National Society of Black Engineers Jr. Chapter, contributing financially and as a career mentor to the Chapter’s students. He also sponsors an annual Christmas HOPE Toy Giveaway, an event for families of the Evanston and Chicago areas.

Ms. Bridges, Ms. Harmon, Ms. Liddell and Ms. Murphy have been supporters and freedom fighters with the Evanston branch of the NAACP for decades. Each has or continues to serve on the NAACP’s Executive Committee, helping to direct the activities and policies of the organization. Working as election judges and voter registrars, these NAACP leaders have helped community members use their voice and exercise their right to vote. Three of the women have received the organization’s President’s Award, which goes to members who promote the mission and provide unwavering support of the NAACP. All have been active participants at NAACP branch meetings, and strive to keep the organization on track by asking challenging and thought-provoking questions of its members.

This year the Gala will take place from 6 p.m. till midnight on March 19 at the Hilton Orrington Evanston Hotel, 1710 Orrington Ave. Tickets and information are available at www.chessmenclub.com.